Cooley devotes more than one-third of its pro bono practice to immigration-related pro bono work, including impact litigation to protect the due process rights of immigrants, amicus briefs on immigration-related cases, and individual applications for humanitarian immigration relief. In 2017, they represented more than 100 clients on petitions for asylum, petitions for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) for children who have been abused or abandoned by a parent, and applications for immigration relief for survivors of domestic abuse. Cooley filed amicus briefs on behalf of immigration legal services providers in challenges to the rescission of DACA, and in sanctuary city litigation on behalf of health and human services nonprofits in danger of losing federal funding.
That same year Cooley contributed almost 53,000 hours of pro bono legal services. In addition to the work they do year in and year out representing individuals and nonprofit organizations, their attorneys negotiate large settlements in several civil rights and discrimination cases, filed new high-profile impact litigation cases, and responded to current events and environmental crises. They partner with more than 75 legal services organizations in these endeavors.
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